The Lombardo family has three restaurants in the St. Louis area and Carmine's is the most upscale. It's located in the Drury Plaza hotel and the interior looks hotelish with the open table arrangement, brightly colored carpeting and a standard ceiling. However, the impressive Italian street scene mural, white table cloths, large ficus trees, ample windows and pleasant lighting also give it a classic sophistication. The menu is rich in steak and chop options but there are some surprisingly good fish and chicken dishes for lighter eaters. Carmine's is a solid steakhouse option and/or business dining venue. And the fact that it's not a chain can be an added bonus.
The appetizers include tempting steakhouse skins, a more sensible portabello focaccia, crab cakes and the Lombardo family "toasted ravioli" which is described as house made colossal meat filled ravioli. Grilled salmon and two grilled shrimp dishes are offered that all have lighter accompaniments such as a black bean corn salsa and wilted spinach. There are several chicken entrées with one of them being a straightforward marinated breast (versus the pecan crusted option). Steaks and chops have been aged a minimum 21 days and include everything a carnivore is looking for. Entrées include a salad and choice of veggie or starch.
Dinner nightly beginning at 4p